Looking for Alaska…by John Green

Looking for Alaska…by John Green

I recently read ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and I just did not get the story line, or the book at all for that matter. For me ‘Looking for Alaska’ was more of the same. A quick read and  somewhat interesting, in parts, but it lacks depth and originality. I don’t know. Maybe, I’m too far in the middle of generation X to understand Green’s writing style. I mean, I used to be somewhat of a John Green fan. I did kind of like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ but come on ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ has almost the same plot as ‘Looking for Alaska’ (i.e. nerdy and extremely intelligent boy has teenage angst for a girl who is not interested). The main characters from the three books, Miles/Colin/Q  and  Alaska/Katherine/Margo are basically all the same people. Green also annoys me with how loves to choose one or more phrases in each book and beat them to death (in ‘Looking For Alaska’ it’s ‘The Great Perhaps’). Ok, so maybe I’m a little biased because of some of the disparaging things John Green has said about Orlando ( and for the record I don’t believe Orlando has ever been a […]

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Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

Lucky Few…By Kathryn Ormsbee

  I really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It’s been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee’s  new novel, ‘Lucky Few’, gave me all that and more. Although I wasn’t sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger’s yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie’s tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat. Stevie herself is a complicated character. She is preoccupied by being defined as an outcast but doesn’t do much to deflect this reputation. Her best friend, Sanger, is a larger than life character. Sanger loves classical music, computer coding, and has two moms. Then there is the new guy, Max. Max moves in with his grandfather after having a near death experience. To help him recover from the accident, Max makes a list of fake ways to die.  Stevie, Sanger, and Max then embark on a crazy quest to act out the list. One of the things I loved  most about this book was Stevie and Sanger’s unique and special friendship. Relationships is the driving element in the story. What I […]

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The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

A touching and funny story of one girl’s journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown. Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school teases her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. Until one day, their history teacher announces a field trip to the run-down slave shack on her grandmother’s property.Heck to the power of no way! Her grandmother insists that it’s more than just an old shack; it’s a monument to the strong women in their family—the Laura Line. But Laura knows better: her classmates will never accept her once they see the shack. So she comes up with the perfect plan to get the trip canceled . . . but when a careless mistake puts the shack—and the Laura Line—in jeopardy, Laura must decide what’s truly important to her. Can Laura figure out how to get what she wants at school while […]

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It Started With A Whisper…by Shannon McCrimmon-Book Blitz

It Started With A Whisper…by Shannon McCrimmon-Book Blitz

  It Started With a Whisper by Shannon McCrimmon Genre: YA Contemporary Release Date: June 1st 2016 Summary: Five simple words: That’s all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham’s life in the summer of 1989. Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she’s made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie’s inn, in Ambler’s Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she’s worked so hard to get into? Her aunt’s inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her. Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler’s Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic’s got a secret. It’s a secret he’s keeping from Josie, and he’s worried if it gets out, it’ll ruin everything, and she’ll judge […]

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Take Me to the Willow…by Shelly Brimley-Blog Tour Review

Take Me to the Willow…by Shelly Brimley-Blog Tour Review

  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.   Synopsis: In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered. When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized – to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never […]

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The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

During the bombing blitzes of WWII, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are siblings sent to live in a country English estate . While exploring the mansion, they are transported to the magical land of Narnia (through a wardrobe), where they must help the lion, Aslan defeat the evil witch. I have been interested in this book since I was a child. For some reason, I had somehow gotten the impression that this story was very scary (perhaps because of the 1970’s animated movie). So I never read it until now. I am trying to read more classics, when I saw a copy at my library, I decided to give it a chance. Usually classics take me awhile to read since the prose can be hard to understand. This book was very easy to read, and I found the prose to be very fluid. The story is said to have many religious metaphors. These were very subtle and didn’t distract from the story, although you can certainly read between the lines. Although some parts involving the Witch, can be a bit scary, this is still a great book for children. When a book is so engrained in our culture, that you can’t imagine a […]

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The Boston Girl…by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl…by Anita Diamant

Addie Baum is a young rebellious girl born to Russian, Jewish immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. Addie struggles against society and her own family in order to find out what it means to be an American woman. She experiences both triumph and tragedy along the way. The story is told in the first person through Addie’s telling the story of her life to her granddaughter in the 1980’s. I will start off by saying that I chose to read this novel because Addie’s background is very similar to my late mother-in-law’s. Like Addie she was the children of Russian Jews that immigrated to America at the beginning of the twentieth century. I really wanted to get a sense of what life was like for her. This was definitely a chapter driven novel. There was little, if any, plot. Even though this is fiction ,the story reads like a really well written memoir. The only exception is the few times when Addie digresses from the story and addresses her granddaughter, Ava, directly. The ‘Boston Girl’ was very engrossing. I felt as if Addie was telling me the story. I half expected to see her when I looked up from the book. […]

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Ivy Pocket Blog Tour Review

Ivy Pocket Blog Tour Review

I was given a copy of these books from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ivy pocket isn’t just your average twelve year old. She is, funny,sassy, witty, and most of all self-important. Her insults are often wrapped up in complements and she is convinced that she is spectacular at everything she does. The Ivy Pocket series, by Caleb Krisp, is a fun, new, middle grade series set in Victorian England.  So far two of the books have been published, ‘Anyone But Ivy Pocket’ and ‘Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket’. Title: Anyone But Ivy Pocket Author: Caleb Krisp Series: Ivy Pocket Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication Date: April 8,2015 Genres: Middle Grade  Pages: 387 ABOUT ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity. For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees […]

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Book Signings….C.J.Redwine author of ‘The Shadow Queen’ and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES)

Book Signings….C.J.Redwine author of ‘The Shadow Queen’ and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES)

I am super excited that NY Times best selling author, C.J.Redwine (DEFIANCE series) and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES) are in Central Florida this week. They will be signing copies and holding a Q&A. C.J.Redwine will  also be signing copies of her awesome new YA fantasy novel ‘The Shadow Queen'(Ravenspire #1). -They will be at the Sandlake Barnes & Noble (7900 W. Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819)  this Sunday  May 22@ 2:00pm. -They will be at the The Muse Bookshop (112 S Woodland Blvd, DeLand, Florida 32720) next Wednesday May 25 @ 6:00p Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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